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Golden Gun Grabs Vernon Feature

Published: September 26, 2020 8:12 pm ET

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Golden Gun captured the $4,400 featured pace on closing night at Vernon Downs on Saturday (Sept. 26).

Golden Gun went straight to the front and led to the first quarter in :26.3. Chip Walther followed second with Chatelroll in third. Golden Gun controlled the pace with a :29.0 second quarter, hitting the half in :55.3. As they headed for three-quarters Golden Gun hung on to a slight lead, getting there first in1:23.1.

As the made the turn for home they were three across the track as Golden Gun was joined by Chip Walther and Chatelroll. Golden Gun dug in as Chaptelroll backed off. It was down to two, with Golden Gun and Chip Walther battling in deep stretch. In the end Golden Gun was too tough winning in 1:51.1. Chip Walther was second but placed fifth for interference with Chatelroll as they headed to three-quarters. Late-charging Clouseau Hanover was awarded second. Johnnysfirecracker finished third.

Golden Gun is a 10-year-old gelding by Headmaster. He is owned by the Wiz Kids Stables and trained by driver Jeff Sorenson. It was his third win this season and 38th victory overall. He paid $22.00 to win.

Chris Long drove three winners on the card. Jennifer Lappe had a driving-training double on the night. Gary Levine trained two winners on his birthday.

Leon Bailey won the Vernon Downs dash title, with 47 victories at the Miracle Mile. He is now on a prestigious list that includes his grandfather, Vernon Downs legend Jack (The Ripper) Bailey. Jack won multiple titles during his reign at Vernon. Long-time defending champion John MacDonald finished second in 2020 with 43 tallies. Howard Parker (30), Jimmy Whittemore (24), and Jennifer Lappe (16) rounded the top five.

Kerin Warner led all trainers in 2020 with 19 wins. George Ducharme finished second with 17 tallies. Claude Huckabone III, Jennifer Lappe, and David Dewhurst tied for third with 16 wins each.

Jenny Lake scored eight wins in 12 starts at Vernon Downs this season to capture horse of the year honours. The trotter is a four-year-old mare by RC Royalty. Her regular driver was Leon Bailey. She is trained by Paul Minckler for owners Ed Namiotka Jr. and Carol Namiotka.

Vernon Downs would like to thank all fans and horse people for a successful 2020 season even with all the obstacles thrown our way. We can’t wait for the 2021 season.

(Vernon Downs)

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